A big day, a big week for the country with some aspects, such as future arrangements for international students and workers spilling over into education.
A word on those in a moment but there’ve also been plenty of other education developments this week. They include for higher education, the latest report from UCAS on last year’s university entry cycle and a summary of university access and widening participation plans from the Office for Students.
For FE, while many energies are focused on next week’s extended National Apprenticeship Week, the World Economic Forum Report on emerging opportunities and required skill sets in the global economy, another one of those future gazing but captivating reports, stands out. And for schools, government legislation on new minimum funding levels, a new Opportunity Plan for schools in the North East, and reports on languages, arts, mental health services and teacher autonomy, have all featured widely.
Those post-Brexit international arrangements first. These include the latest report from the Migration Advisory Committee setting the context for what’s expected to be an Immigration White Paper next month. Broadly it proposes sticking with the current general visa route for those with a job offer albeit with a lower salary threshold and developing a points - based visa system for skilled workers without a job. It also incidentally adds Teaching Assistants to the list of eligible occupations. But it’s hefty report that warrants careful reading and will please some sectors more than others.
Next students, international and domestic. On the former a new report from Universities UK and partners highlights the importance of providing students with employability skills and support, especially ahead of the new graduate route next year. On domestic students, the report from the Office for Students this week makes an energetic case for closing the access gap in admissions and outcomes over the next few years.
Moving on to that Report mentioned for FE, part of an extensive project from the World Economic Forum under the title ’The Reskilling Revolution Platform.’ Its highlights what it calls ’96 jobs across seven professional clusters that are fast emerging in tandem reflecting digital and human factors.’ It’s not one of those ‘robots are taking over’ reports, seeing jobs of the future set to grow positively by 51% currently.
Finally schools, where there’s been another mixed batch of useful reports this week, with the headline news all about the government’s formal guarantee of minimum funding levels for schools. It’s been greeted, as perhaps with other wider events this week, with mixed reactions.